Our overarching goal at Literacy Builders is to assist children in becoming proficient readers and writers. This begins with the people who teach them.
We believe that effective change happens from the inside out. We know that when teachers understand the foundations of how children learn to read and write, they are better equipped to teach students. Teachers need opportunities to learn new techniques and strategies that inform their instruction. Their learning needs to be extended to their own classrooms, and they need support as they continue to question and try out new innovations. Our staff development is based on the following ideals:
- All children can be taught to be better readers and writers.
- Teachers cannot teach reading and writing effectively without knowing their students.
- Teachers who understand their students’ reading process can more effectively teach them.
- It is possible to teach instructional standards without sacrificing your inner teacher.
- Teachers are researchers who use what they know about their students’ knowledge of skills and strategies to plan appropriate instruction.
- Ongoing support and professional learning encourages reflection.
- Reflective practitioners recognize both the strengths and weaknesses of their teaching and implement long-term changes that have a positive impact on student learning.